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Re: Efficiently checking the initial contents of a file

From: Juanma Barranquero
Subject: Re: Efficiently checking the initial contents of a file
Date: Fri, 16 May 2008 13:08:13 +0200

On Fri, May 16, 2008 at 12:16 PM, Nordlöw <address@hidden> wrote:
> How can I efficiently using pure emacs-lisp (without calling any
> external process) investigate the first bytes of a file?
> My guess is
> - Open parts of the file into a buffer or string.
> - Alt 1. Switch to the buffer and do things.
>  Alt 2. Or do stuff directly the string?

     (insert-file-contents "my-file" nil BEG END)
     ;; etc

should be pretty fast, and more so with wisely chosen BEG / END
values. For additional speed you can use
insert-file-contents-literally, if you don't need code conversions,
decompression, etc.

> Which operations should be performed via a buffer and which should
> operate on a string?

Once the required part of the file is in the buffer, manipulating it
directly or using buffer-(sub)string depends on what do you want to do
with the text, but I wouldn't convert it to a string unless necessary,
i.e., I would use looking-at and re-search-forward rather than
buffer-string + string-match, for example.


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